A few weeks ago, the Chinese government started accusing Apple of spying on their employees. While Apple declined the accusation as quickly as they could, it didn’t help that news leaks suggest that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had a secret five-year program that gave them direct access to email, messages, browser history and more. Now, just about a year later, China is doing what the believe they must in order to keep their secrets a secret but here seems to be something more at play here.
Thanks to the Bloomberg Report, new information has been brought to light. Although the Chinese Government has been supporting the message that Apple is spying on the Chinese, China is using this as a ploy to reduce their dependence on foreign companies in hopes that they will be able to focus some of that money back into their economy. China intends to accomplish this by eliminating any spending on ten Apple products, including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Initially, when the July spending list was just a draft in June, those Apple products were listed. Since then and now, China has accused Apple of spying on them. For China to withdraw support from Apple so quickly might suggest that this is the main reason, and they could be sheltering it as an economical move in order to limit the backlash from the American company.
It’s also important to note that Apple isn’t the only US tech company to be scrutinized for their security by the Chinese. Bloomberg notes that…
China’s procurement agency told departments to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp. and Kaspersky Lab while Microsoft Corp. was shut out of government purchases of energy-efficient computers.
While this move by China against Apple does not directly affect the public, it will affect government bodies and businesses that have to do business with government bodies and will likely cause a trickle down effect that may hurt Apple’s bottom line.
16 percent of Apple’s $37.4 billion was generate in China in the last quarter alone.